E-Commerce and M-Commerce
E-Commerce and M-Commerce are both ways in which businesses and people can handle shopping transactions online. E-Commerce is when you shop online and M-Commerce is when you shop online using a mobile phone. Most businesses now feature mobile apps to make it easier for people who want to shop on the go and use their phone.
E-Commerce and M-Commerce is a very popular way of shopping because at times when you are trying to purchase something and you go to the store and they are out of stock. You can go online, find your product and have it shipped directly to your home. It is an easier way for people to shop without leaving their homes. Most times, the online stores offer better sales than the actual store itself. Do you prefer to shop online or wait in long lines and shop at the store?
Podcasts and Webcasts
To pod or to web…What is the difference???
Podcasts tell a story or express an authors opinion on a certain topic, they are comprised of audio, music and at times sound effects. They are usually recorded from the comfort of their own homes and typically do not have a live audience.
Webcasts differ because they have a live audience and at times require the audience to interact for it to be considered successful. Webcasts are more commonly used in my opinion by churches, schools, people giving speeches as well as sports illustrators. Topics are based on more realistic views as opposed to the authors opinions.
Media streaming has bee popular for quite some time now. Streaming media allows users to send video and audio files over a network and can be accessed anywhere without the hasell of having to save the file on a computer. There are many services and providers that help with streaming media. One of the most used is youtube. Youtube allows authors to download video and webcasts ad distribute it for public viewing. Netflix and Hulu and media streaming programs that allows users to access movies as well as TV shows. By paying a small monthly fee after creating an account a user is able to have access to all the movies and Tv shows that are out there.
Wikis and Blogs
What is a wiki? Wiki is an editable site that is used to share information. I can be used for group projects, collaborate writings,planning events r activities and for frequently asked questions. It is knowledge based and anyone can contribute to it.
Blogs are posts that have an author and are centered on that individual person. They are also used to share information, but only the author may edit the page. Although people can comment on the topic discussed, they are not able to edit the page itself. Blogs may be used to share information on specific topics of the authors interest, they can also be used to post different reviews about various things. Just remember, that blogs are opinion based and do not necessarily based on facts.
What is email? Emails are referred to as electronic messages that are distributed from one computer to another on a network. An email can be sent to one person or multiple people at one given time. Attachments may be added to an email and can be anything from documents, pictures, video, to audio.
Email has become the most popular form of mail because once it is sent, it will be with the recipient within seconds. No longer do we have to wait days or weeks for a response from someone. An email will allow a response to be given within minutes, provided that the individual checks their email regularly.
How many of you still prefer the old fashioned way of sending a letter? Although there are some people who still prefer good old snail mail, the majority of society will choose to send an email over a letter any given day. Which is your preferred method?
Social Networking with our generation is the new way we communicate with the world. We use social media for everything from talking about our feelings, to venting about something that is bothering us, to planning events and gatherings with our family and friends.
There are times where I go on my social media and see an invite to a baby shower, birthday party and even class reunions and I think to myself, When was the last time I seen you? I am baffled by my answer. I cannot even remember the last time I have taken a trip to go visit an old friend or family member. Social Networking has allowed me to virtually visit all my loved ones from the comfort of my own home. When was the last time you paid someone a visit???Social networking
Since the internet was first established, it has become a common form of communication that is used by society. Long gone are the days where people interacted face to face, where students read books and went to the library to do research and where job applications needed to be filled out at the actual place you wished to be employed at.
The internet is so popular now that it has literally turned half of the world into hermits. Few times do we decide to venture out into the world to take care of mundane things like grocery shopping, banking, and even going to the mall. Everything can be done all from the comfort of your own home and computer
Let me give you a brief lesson on the history of our internet. It began in the early 1950’s where computers were first introduced to society. In 1962 a scientist by the name of Licklider came up with the “galactic network” which was a set of computers that communicate with one another. He came up with this so that in the event that telephones went down during a time of war, the government would still be able to communicate. By 1969 the galactic network delivered its first message. Around the 1970’s computers were made so that they would be able to communicate with other computers within different networks. Since the 1980’s the internet has one through many changes. Improvements have been made to our web browsers, computers have gotten smaller and communication is now a lot faster.